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Gwendolyn Sasse

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Director, Centre for East European and International Studies, ZOiS

Full Biography

Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse has been the Director of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin since its establishment in 2016. She is also the Einstein-Professor for the Comparative Study of Democracy and Authoritarianism at Humboldt University, Berlin (since 2021). Previously, she was Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford. She retains an affiliation with Nuffield College as a Senior Research Fellow. She is also non-resident Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe and regularly writes for its blog Strategic Europe. Her research interests include the comparative dynamics of democracy and authoritarianism, protest, war, displacement and the political remittances of migrants. Her current research in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine concentrates on public opinion in Ukraine and on displacement from and within Ukraine. Her book The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict (Harvard University Press 2007; paperback 2014) won the Alexander Nove Prize of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. In October 2022 her book Der Krieg gegen die Ukraine was published by C.H. Beck (in German). Her English translation (incl. updates) was published by Polity Press in September 2023 under the title Russia’s War against Ukraine.